Bill Belichick switched rooms with a player before first Super Bowl win
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick will do anything to win.
Belichick showed there's a fine line between genius and insanity when he switched hotel rooms with a player just so the player could more comfortably rest before the 2002 Super Bowl against the St. Louis Rams.
Not everything was hunky-dory for the Patriots, though, when Belichick met with his five captains five days before the game. Strong safety Lawyer Milloy, living up to his name, groused to his coach about the hotel room assignments that he and a handful of other veterans had received. "Bill, what's up with our rooms?" Milloy asked. "I think mine came with an oxygen tank, because it makes me so claustrophobic. A lot of the younger guys got suites, and some of us don't think it's fair."
So Belichick took one for the team, switching places with Milloy -- from spacious room 692 at the Fairmont Hotel to the cramped quarters of room 533 -- and persuaded several assistants to do the same for other players. "You think I need a sofa or a dining room table? Who gives a s---?" Belichick said to a reporter, smiling, the day before the game. "Then again, every time I see Lawyer I ask, 'How's that nice, big room? Are you getting a good night's sleep?'"
Belichick probably wanted to switch hotels entirely this week, as the fire alarm went off twice in three nights where the Patriots were staying.
- Rohan Nadkarni